Apple changes name of 'Free' button on App Store to 'Get'

Apple changes name of 'Free' button on App Store to 'Get'
With all of the criticism over freemium apps, Apple made a slight change to the App Store on Wednesday. Gone are the "Free" buttons for downloading apps, replaced by a "Get" button. The guys in Cupertino might have felt some pressure from consumers and regulators, upset with the use of in-app purchases. When it comes to apps, the saying that there is no such thing as a free lunch is absolutely appropriate.

Back in July, Google made a deal with the European Commission to stop calling apps "free" if they offered in-app purchases. That came months after both Apple and Google met with EC commissioners. The latter were trying to get Apple and Google to halt misleading freemium app sales. The EC subsequently tried to get Apple to match Google's actions, but Apple said at the time that it had enough safeguards in place to protect consumers.

One of those safeguards, which is shared by Google, is a listing of which apps offer in-app purchases. Those that do offer in-app purchases on both the App Store and Google Play Store, show a 'menu' of in-app purchases available to those who install the app for free.


source: MacRumors via RedmondPie

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16 Comments

1. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Whoopty fukin doo! We got a badass over here!

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They (and Google/MS) should leave apps without IAPs as free, so we can easily tell which apps are actually free

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Too bad the Play Store doesn't tell what kind of IAP an app has like the App Store. A feature that would be highly useful, Google.

3. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I really don't see this "Feature" since free got changed to get. Its still the same... ALL the FREE apps changed to GET. where is the "feature".. Now you're just feeding the Apple stereotype, please don't do that..

4. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Says the fandroid

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Half ass comment. Only a half witted apple fan would make. The one that believe that apple retina screen is better than lg samsung ips screen. Lol!

12. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

For such an amazing screen and internals, seems like the "beast" can't keep up with much.

14. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Sorry man, i'm a multiplatform user.. I use all three WP,iOS and android.

10. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

@Astoni: You are looking extremely ignorant. He is speaking of the feature shown in the second image. It is actually a feature on the App Store and Google Play Store, as mentioned in the article. Do you people just read the title and look at the first image and then go flame your issues away?

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1 for having common sense.

15. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Kristo, yea. i did notice it now. I'm sorry.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

how many years did the Play store have video previews of the software before Apple finally realized that feature was a no brainer?

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Mxy, you obviously have no access to playstore. And still the first in line to make your dumb comment. Lol!

5. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

And in other news, my Lakers are still a ton of games under .500.

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

hand me my revolver dear sir, so i may kindly blow my head off, for our lakers probably wont come out above .500 this year.....

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

The same was in Bada.

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